There’s quite a significant difference in perception when comparing the terms “self-published” and “entrepreneurial author.” With the first, the perception (whether yours or others) is that you “self-published” because no one else would do it. The latter holds the subtext of a writer who has taken charge of their own career. I am the latter.
I am an entrepreneurial author. I am publishing my book through Kindle and other means, not because I couldn’t get published anywhere else. On the contrary, I chose to take publishing into my own hands for a number of very calculated and lucrative reasons. I’ll outline two reasons.
One: Time. There is a long, long process to find a literary agent, for the agent to find an interested editor, a deal to be made, contacts signed, a year+ of editing my book to shape it the way they want, to finally being on the shelve. Not to mention royalties would be minimal and only appear after printing/marketing costs of my book were paid for via book sales. Also, I would have a hard time keeping the rights to my book (for film, audio book, etc.) By taking charge, I cut this whole process out.
Now, I did send my book to one editor mainly as a personal rite of passage. My thinking was, if I was willing to send my book for someone else to read then I was ready for everyone to read it. Publishing yourself increases the pressure to ensure high quality work.
However, my book was not read. I had been expecting, and received the “thanks but no thanks” letter a few weeks later. I received at the same time as xanax pregnancy the “we just opened your manuscript” postcard. What this means is – they did not even read my book. Standard, I’m sure.
“Unfortunately, we do not feel your manuscript would be a commercial success…” Their reason for this “feeling”? A hand written jot – “80,000 word min.” So my book isn’t supposed to be a commercial success because it is about 60,000 words. Disregarding my research, commitment to a period literary style, writing in British English spelling (which I’m still getting over), and basically everything – judgment was passed.
So, the second reason: I am my own boss. My close friend, Kari Lynn Cook, became my editor. I checked in with her regarding deadlines (which I set myself and still kept them!). I pushed myself harder to ensure the highest quality, the closest to “professional” publishing I could. (I set that in quotes because I am professionally published, regardless of doing this apart from big house publishing companies).
Now you, the readers, can have a greater impact on me, the writer, when you purchase my book. You are directly supporting independent art and independent publishing. Furthermore, you are showing us all that we – creative people – do not have to indenture ourselves to the control and extreme limitations of the system, the process, of this so called “commercial success” publishing. The gratification I get as the author is closer, more immediate, and much more profound in the realm of entrepreneurial publishing.
In this age of technological revolution, I am looking forward to creating more quality literature and mass media entertainment for you – an audience/readership I am more closely connected with than previously possible. That’s the direction our means of entertainment is going and, frankly, it is exciting!